Online Writing Week: Poetry
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Online Writing Week: Poetry

Indulging in your obsessions
Tutors
  • Stephen Sexton
  • Jessica Traynor
Date Monday April 10th - Friday April 14th 2023
Location Online

This course is about obsession. Join Stephen Sexton and Jessica Traynor for a week of poetry fixated on fixations: poems of the lovelorn and the lonely, of celebrity and superfandom, of ritual and incantation, the objects of your devotion, their places, sensations, pleasures and pains. Think Glenn Close’s in Fatal Attraction, think Narcissus and his own reflection, think Calvin Klein.

Jessica and Stephen say ‘We’ll discuss how to fashion obsessions into subjects for poems, how form and structure can be used to explore obsession and its shape in poems. Inspired by writing exercises and prompts, this week-long course aims to quicken and capture something of those private passions by which we live and think and know the world.’


We’ll help you to make ‘Arvon at Home’, turning your own place into a writing cocoon, capturing the transformative power of our acclaimed Arvon residential courses: two brilliant author-tutors at your service, a caring and sharing group, the time and space to devote to your writing, invaluable feedback, new writing pals, and the unique creative progress that happens in a dedicated week. 

You will be offered the best of a classic Arvon residential week, with a few virtual tweaks. Spot the difference: a carefully balanced combination of tips to help you focus, daily morning workshops, one-to-one tutorials with both tutors, three evening get-togethers to chat about the day’s work, a mid-week guest reading offer, the celebratory Friday-evening collective reading, and lots of time and encouragement for you to write every day. 

All gatherings, one-to-one or group, will be delivered via our own Arvon Zoom, so you’ll need to have a reliable internet connection. Your Arvon host will be on call to offer support as you need it, including any help you may need with your computer set-up. 

To participate, and to get the most out of the week, you’ll need to turn up online for all planned morning sessions, Monday to Friday. You should also set aside your afternoons for tutorials and independent writing time.  Last but not least, we urge you to read your tutors’ published work before the week starts.

Online: £425

Concessions: £297.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, we offer limited concessionary places at a 30% reduction. You can select this option at checkout if available.

We are committed to making our Arvon at Home programme accessible to as many people as possible.

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Nothing short of transformative! I can't believe how much we packed into just a few days and how much impact it has had. I'm writing in new styles, new forms, new images, new rhythms!
— Writing Week Participant
I had the chance to speak with two well respected tutors about my work. Being able to do this in one-to-one tutorials was excellent and not reduced in any way by being on Zoom. A good chance for some very good advice. I am now determined to set to work on my writing.
— Writing Week Participant
Arvon courses are always so inclusive, supportive, fun, and instructive. There is something really magical and intimate about what happens during the week.
— Writing Week Participant

Monday

14.00—16.00: Opening session – Everyone gathers online in Arvon’s Zoom Writing House. Your Arvon host will welcome you and the tutors, giving you an overview of the week, technology support, and some ideas for making your writing ‘cocoon’. You’ll get to meet everyone, ask questions, and settle in. Your tutors will ask you to start thinking about your writing, perhaps setting an exercise. There’s likely to be some homework for tomorrow morning

Tuesday

9.15-9.45: ‘Writing Together’ – Half an hour each morning of quiet writing time before the morning workshop. Cameras off and pen to paper until 9.45. (optional)
10.00-12.45: Everyone meets online for the morning workshop, which includes writing exercises, discussion and comfort breaks.
14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials lasting 25 minutes each. You have one tutorial with each tutor during the week, the rest of the afternoon is your time to think and write.
18.00—19.00: Tutor readings: both tutors read and speak about their work, followed by a Q&A hosted by your Arvon host.

Wednesday

9.15-9.45: ‘Writing Together’ – Quiet writing time with cameras off. (optional)
10.00-12.45: Morning workshop
14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials
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19.15-20.15: The Arvon Wednesday Live Guest Reading—you get a free ticket to this.

Thursday

9.15-9.45: ‘Writing Together’ – Quiet writing time with cameras off. (optional)
10.00-12.45: Morning workshop
14.30 – 16.30: One-to-one tutorials
18.00—19.00: An evening session, the theme of which will be decided nearer the time by your tutors

Friday

9.15-9.45: ‘Writing Together’ – Quiet writing time with cameras off. (optional)
10.00-12.45: Morning workshop
16.00-17.30: A celebratory reading where you have the chance to share some of your new writing. Expect laughter, tears and a huge sense of pride for all you have learned, written and achieved this week. There’ll be plenty of virtual hugs.

And then...

Next steps: The week doesn’t stop here. You now have a writing community. Stay in touch. Share your work with each other, and take it forward!

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